In the above image, Live Earth users receive a social incident alert of a rally in a local community. Immediately they are able to turn on other live layers (i.e. traffic flow, video cameras, building locations, and ship locations are presented in this example), to gain a holistic view of what is happening in and around the location.  With the share functionality, they can share images and video in real time with internal and external operations teams to respond with increased real-time situational awareness.

The Stay-At-Home orders have been issued nationwide and they give communities specific lifesaving directives that include sheltering in place, practicing social distancing and specific hygiene direction for hand washing and not touching one’s face.  However, citizens in many communities are not responding to the orders given and continue to congregate in public spaces with groups larger than 10 and without the proper 6 feet of space between them which could all contribute to spreading the virus – knowingly or unknowingly.  It just depends on how you look at it. The coronavirus visualization technology would provide public safety officers with real time data so they can take actionable insights to ensure the safety of the public to reduce spread of coronavirus.

For more information: The Enforcement of COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Orders by the Center for American Progress

5 Steps to Help Insure Shelter-In-Place Compliance in Your Region:

1. Identify all data sources available in your local community that will add to your observations of citizen compliance.
2. Identify any additional data you would like to observe in your region.
3. Identify the stakeholders who will be responsible for your monitoring compliance initiatives.
4. Identify the action plan for enforcing the order and distribute this to all local law enforcement and public safety personnel responsible for executing the plan.
5. Proactively communicate the plan to citizens.

What data sources are available in the community to help public safety officials monitor compliance?

  • Social media and incident management
  • Traffic flow and public transportation
  • Video surveillance
  • Heat mapping technology
  • GPS and cellular data

Understanding how Public Safety relates to the response of pandemic orders:

Public Safety is the responsibility of all citizens, but it is the function of governments to protect the lives of its citizens in their geography.  Most states have public safety departments which consist of roles such as law enforcement, first responders, firefighters, emergency medical services, and others.  These teams are responsible for the welfare and protection of the general public through the prevention and protection of all dangers that could jeopardize citizen safety – such as crime or disasters.  To do so, they must implement measures that ensure safety and security for the public while also maintaining a normal way of life.

A key role in Public Safety are the Public Safety Officers (PSO), who are responsible for:

  • Ensuring the safety and security of people and property.
  • Patrolling designated areas and responding to calls.
  • Investigating and reporting suspicious incidents.
  • Securing and recording evidence.
  • Interviewing witnesses and victims.
  • Apprehending suspects and perpetrators.
  • Directing traffic and maintaining order at public gatherings.
  • Preparing accident and crime reports.
  • Assisting the public with criminal and civil issues or questions.
  • Providing support to police officers.

How are jurisdictions resonding to the order?

It’s not as easy as one would assume.  States have all issued their own measures to enforce the order which range from business closures or suspensions, citizen warnings to those gathered in public places, misdemeanors, fines, and even jail time.  Both fines and jail time are subject to the community as well.  Large metro areas are fining up to $5,000 and up to 1 year in jail, while smaller communities issue fines of $250 and no jail time.  The variance between counties and states adds frustration to citizens and further fuels individuals to respond “how they see fit” rather than following an order with continuity across county and state lines that drives the universal message that a united approach to stay home orders will undoubtedly flatten the curve.  Clearly this has worked in several countries around the world (Italy, Spain, Japan, China, Czech Republic, and more).

How do public safety officials use technology to stay ahead of this?

To help public safety teams respond to the recent mandates to shelter in place and stay home orders due to the Coronavirus pandemic driving the spread of the COVID-19 disease, officials need a streamlined way to identify actionable insights when citizens are not following the order so they can protect the entire community.

Live Earth is a real-time data visualization tool built with GIS for Public Safety in mind so users can take actionable insights.  In the above job description, several of the responsibilities are available as data sources, collected throughout the local community.  Public Safety Officials can easily pull in all of these data sources, commonly referred to as “disparate data” and be able to make real-time decisions to deploy their resources to the areas that need attention rather than the current approach which involves a wide spread of officers monitoring zones to keep citizens compliant.  If an area needs immediate focus, based on the real-time data being collected, the “Command Center Team” can immediately increase officer presence and pivot nearby resources to attend to the situation. Public safety officers can use the shape feature of our platform to create custom geofence monitoring around specific locations.

Live Earth comes out-of-the-box with real-time alert capabilities which are customized based on the way certain data layers interact with one another or across different data sources and they way they interact with one another.  The possibilities are endless.  When an alert is triggered, teams are notified in real-time, and can focus fast on the situation as it unfolds or be better prepared to deploy their resources before it happens.

To learn more about how Live Earth’s Coronavirus visualizer is helping to flatten the curve, click here.

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